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Campaigners not convinced by climate change pledges made by developed nations, big polluters 

Youth activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on September 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

Bianca Rahimi
Press TV, London

Climate change protests have gained momentum with people across the globe bringing cities to a standstill in the hope of forcing government action. Their voices have been heard and at the UN climate change summit leaders took turns making more pledges.

World leaders were asked to come to the UN with concrete plans to cut emissions to net zero. But the World Resources Institute says most major economies have fallen woefully short of enhancing their ambitions. Developed nations admit they don’t exactly know how they will achieve carbon neutrality. World leaders came to the summit with tentative plans and figures, but it was environmental activist Greta Thunberg who stole the show by speaking up for her generation.

Greta warned that if we don’t act now, mankind could set off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control and it will be her and her generation that will suffer the consequences.

After a condescending tweet linked to Greta’s emotional speech describing her as a “happy girl”, US president Donald Trump made a surprise appearance at the summit, in what some called an attempt at stealing her thunder.



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